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Goal-line technology set to be formally adopted by clubs

The Football Association expects goal-line technology (GLT) to be adopted by Premier League clubs this week.

Last week Fifa awarded German firm GoalControl the contract to supply GLT to this summer’s Confederations Cup.

Premier League clubs meet on Thursday with GLT set to be agreed for next season, while the FA wishes to install the technology at Wembley.

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“Technology that says ‘yes, the ball has crossed the line’ and lets the referee know, makes an awful lot of sense to me”

Alex Horne FA secretary general

“I always thought it was an ideal piece of technology to allow into the game,” said FA general secretary Alex Horne.

“The [Premier League] club meeting is on Thursday so I’m expecting it to go through at that meeting.”

The FA and Premier League are running a joint-tender process for the supply, installation and maintenance of 21 systems – all 20 Premier League stadiums and Wembley – in an attempt to secure a better deal.

Hawk-Eye, a British-based system well known for providing tennis and cricket with ball-tracking technology, is competing with the three other Fifa-licensed firms – Cairos, GoalControl and GoalRef – to win the contract.

If adopted this week, Wembley, along with the 17 Premier League teams that survive relegation and the three teams promoted from the Football League, will have the necessary equipment installed and verified during the close season.

The FA wants to use GLT for the first time in the Community Shield, which is scheduled to be played in mid-August.

Horne told BBC Sport: “There are occasions [when GLT is needed] and we’ve seen them here at Wembley, we’ve seen them in World Cups, we’ve seen them 11 or 12 times in the Premier League this season alone.

“So technology that says ‘yes, the ball has crossed the line’ and lets the referee know makes an awful lot of sense to me.

Goal Line Technology

How Fifa’s goal-line technology will work

“Particularly where it’s a knock-out situation, incorrect decisions have less opportunity to even themselves out over a season.”

GLT will also be used in next season’s FA Cup, from the third round onwards in any stadium fitted with the system, and Horne sees the technology as a way for the world’s oldest knockout competition to keep pace with a football landscape that has changed beyond recognition since the foundation of the Premier League in 1992.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve and engage,” Horne continued.

“The FA Cup for me is just one of those fantastic competitions which keeps growing year on year, from strength to strength.

“It gives so much back, particularly to the smaller clubs.

“We generate £65m a year from the competition and over a 10-year period £650m gets reinvested back into football. That’s a real fillip for some of the smaller clubs. For example, Luton made £460,000 out of their Cup run, which is a fantastic sum of money for a non-league side.”

Next weekend Wembley, which celebrates its 90th birthday on 28 April, will see Wigan take on Millwall and Chelsea meet Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Horne said: “[Teams] want to come here and win at Wembley Stadium. So I think the competition is in rude health.”

Source via BBC Sports


Goal-line Technology Two Seasons Away

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

The introduction of goal-line technology is likely to be delayed by another 12 months until the start of the 2013-14 season, the Football Association revealed today.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has indicated that the hi-tech aids could become law by July 1 and individual leagues, including the Premier League, could start to use them from the start of next season.

But FA general secretary Alex Horne, who is also a member of the law-making International Football Association Board, doubts whether the system could be up and running that quickly.

“I think that’ll be too late for season 2012-13,” he told reporters at the Leaders in Football conference. “I think it’ll be 2013-14 because there’s then a big capital decision-making process for any league or any competition who want to apply it.

“Do you have one technology for a competition, do you have multiple technologies for multiple competitions? There are big, big decisions for competitions to take.”

Horne said that details of private trials of the first phase of tests of different goal-line technology systems will be released “over the next few days”. Read more…

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Will goal-line technology bring justice to football?

First of all I would start off from defining – what is Goal-line Technology?

This is a technology that detects whether a ball has crossed the goal line or not.

The world of sport is continually changing over the years, and the use of technology is just one of those areas that has made an impact on many sports in the modern day. One criticism of the use of technology is that it can slow down the speed of the game.

I guess we all remember about the Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany in last year’s 2010 South Africa World Cup. The call for goal-line technology have been around for a while now, but Fifa still refuses to add that to its football. It’s getting harder for Fifa to ignore calls for goal-line technology after such a blatant mistake which caused the England mid-fielder a huge setback if i may use those words..

After the match Fifa president Sepp Blatter made a comment most likely to be an apology

Blatter said:

“It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be a nonsense not to reopen the file on goal-line technology. Yesterday I spoke to the two federations [England and Mexico] directly concerned by referees’ mistakes. I have expressed to them apologies and I understand they are not happy and that people are criticizing. We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have the first opportunity in July at the business meeting.”

It’s not game over for goal line detection technology in soccer as some had feared: the systems wil be tested for another year.

FIFA says in this statement:

The IFAB received a presentation on the Goal Line Technology tests conducted by EMPA between 7-13 February at the Home of FIFA. The IFAB heard that none of the ten companies were successful in meeting the criteria set out by the IFAB Annual Business Meeting on 20 October 2010, and therefore agreed to a further one year testing period.”

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has laid down four criteria that they want to see in goal-line systems:

  • The technology should only apply to goal-line decisions.
  • The system must be 100 per cent accurate.
  • The signal sent to the referee must be instantaneous.
  • The signal is only communicated to the match officials.



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Football and technology – Part 1

A while ago the Tottenham Hotspur signed a five year contract with the American sportswear Under Armour, and they just confirmed that they plan to use its latest jersey technology known as “E39.”

The technology consists of sensors that send instant updates regarding the player’s physical heart rate, body temperature, acceleration and respiratory rate. This information is processed through the use of cell phones and laptops so that the personal trainers can control the players’ fitness and performance during training sessions or matches. Read more…

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